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SIR PHILIP W A R W I C K ( 1 6 0 9 - 8 3 ) , Memoirs (pubd. 1701) PARLIAMENT, 1640- 2 33 A C T AGAINST DISSOLVING T H E L O N G P A R L I A M E N T , 10th M A Y 1641 Parliatnent was determined not again to be dissolved abruptly by the King, and so prolonged its life indefinitely. And be it declared and enacted by the King, our Sovereign Lord, with the assent o f the Lords and Commons in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority o f the same, that this present Parliament now assembled shall not be dissolved unless it be by Act o f Parliament to be passed for that purpose; A C T ABOLISHING T H E C O U R T OF S T A R C H A M B E R , 5th J U L Y 1641 The Court of Star Chamber was by no means merely an instrument of oppression.

Lostwithiel, signed by John Gritts, High Sheriff and 7000 other Gentlemen Men began to take sides — or some oj them did; some, like the Earl of Kingston, tried to remain neutral, but in the end found it impossible. Men's motives were mixed, and on the side oj Parliament were to be found such unpuritanical characters as Martin and Gell, for the War created strange bedfellows. Verney served the King, hopelessly, jrom loyalty, not from intellectual conviction. The Earl oj Clare served himself, and lie was not the only one to do so Thomas Barrow, from London, to Henry Oxinden, 3rd July 1642 .

PARLIAMENT, 1640- 2 31 ACT ATTAINTING THE EARL OF STRAFFORD, 10th M A Y 1641 Strafford, with his watchword of " Thorough , was the King's principal agent in secular affairs as Laud was in ecclesiastical. Both became obnoxious to the Commons, and both were beheaded, Strafford in 1641 and Laud four years later. The Bill attainting Strafford passed the third reading by 204 to 59 votes. 19 Be it therefore enacted by the King's Most Excellent Majesty, and by the Lords and Commons in this present Parliament assembled and by authority o f the same, that the said Earl o f Strafford, for the heinous crimes and offences aforesaid stand and be adjudged and attainted o f high treason, and shall suffer such pains o f death, and incur the forfeitures o f his goods and chattels, lands, tenements and hereditaments o f any estate o f freehold or inheritance in the said kingdoms o f England and Ireland, which the said Earl or any other to his use, or in trust for him, have or had, the day o f the first sitting o f this Parliament, or at any time since.

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